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Ideal Conditions Make for Perfect Racing
Rifle Butts Short Course
Sunday 23rd January 2011

  Rod Hetherington

Visiting Ballarat cyclist Rod Hetherington just edged out Stuart King in a closely fought sprint, taking out the first race on the 2011 Grampians Vets Cycling Club calendar.

The mild, calm conditions were ideal for racing, but the recent wet conditions saw cyclists eager to get on the road, away from the swarms of resultant mosquitoes.

Limit riders Meg Parnaby, Peter Mayo and Merv Thompson set off over the 47 kilometre Horsham course with a 9 minute advantage, but were within the sights of the 4 minute riders Tom Eldridge, Tony Rathgeber, Stuart King and Peter Parnaby along the Rifle Butts Road. The two bunches combined soon after the turn back towards Horsham on the Henty Highway, with about 17 kilometres to go.

With most riders still working well, the charge was on to keep the chasing riders at bay.

At this point the scratch riders Rod Hetherington, Frank Kean, Drew Heard and Sean Prins were still about a kilometre behind, but made up significant ground on the leg into Horsham.

The turn onto Golf Course Road, with about 5 kilometres to go, meant the final leg was into a slight head wind, the added stress on tired legs too much for many in the leading bunch. The scratch riders soon closed the gap, and the whole field came together with about 3 kilometres to go.

In the sprint for the line, Drew Heard acted as initial lead out man, with Sean Prins, Stuart King and Rod Hetherington all close on his wheel. Hetherington proved too strong for King, taking the victory in the final few metres, with Prins close behind in third.

Hetherington also recorded the fastest race time of 1 hour and 13 minutes, averaging about 38.5kph.








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